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Hope Springs Infernal 

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House Theatre of Chicago comes down off its recent wild ride on Hype River with this problematic show scripted by Ben Lobpries. Directed and choreographed by Tommy Rapley, the muddled, cartoonish story involves two mortal lovers, Deucalion and Pyrrha, caught in the struggle between the Olympian Titans and the world of mankind, which is bent on demanding r-e-s-p-e-c-t from the gods. Lobpries's script is peppered with faux profundities such as "the future will reveal itself," and Rapley's movement interludes are generic. The uneven performances range from campy (Joey Steakley's Hermes) to stiffly declamatory (Shawn Pfautsch's Ares). There are moments that work, but mostly the show is like downing a handful of Pop Rocks with a Jolt chaser: all buzz, no substance. --Kerry Reid a Through 6/23: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Viaduct, 3111 N. Western, 773-251-2195 $17-$22.

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